Archive for 2017

Cropped image of Disarmament Sunday, Yarra Park, Sunday 6 November 1921 / Photographer: unknown / Source: Records of the Women’s International
League for Peace and Freedom Collection, State Library Victoria

Accessible, intuitive, powerful digital

November 29, 2017

Our stories:

In Towards a Theory of Digital Preservation, Moore states that ‘a preservation environment manages communication from the past while communicating with the future’ (2008, 63). This simple statement captures the essence of what all collecting institutions have been doing with their physical collections care for decades, and the challenge of how we need to approach caring for our growing digital collections.

Gordian knot

Gordian Knot tapestry gifted to State Library Victoria

November 29, 2017

News:

UK artist and Turner Prize recipient, Keith Tyson’s Gordian Knot Tapestry has been gifted to the State Library of Victoria by Elisabeth Murdoch.

Portrait of Mme de Staël, Marie Eléonore Godefroid

Madame de Staël, liberal thinker and writer of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic periods

November 28, 2017

Our stories:

Madame de Staël was one of the most fascinating, intelligent and influential women of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic years. Brilliant, passionate and intense, she lived life through her passion for politics and love at the highest levels of society.

Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright named Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature

November 27, 2017

News:

The award-winning Indigenous novelist Alexis Wright has been appointed as the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne.

Two copies of the Sands and McDougall directories.

Seven million insights into the past shape a safer future for Victoria

November 27, 2017

News:

Around 7 million records detailing the history of land use in Victoria are now available online after a major digitisation project, funded by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, was released today at State Library Victoria.

An illuminated Qur’an from the Michael Abbott Collection of Southeast Asian Islamic Manuscripts. Photograph: Emily Keppel

Islamic Bookbinding

November 23, 2017

Our stories:

While the Western tradition of bookbinding is well represented in the State Library Victoria (SLV) collection, the Library also holds a small but fascinating assortment of manuscripts produced in the Islamic world. A clear understanding of the different materials and structures used in the production of Islamic manuscripts is essential for the Library’s Book Conservators to make informed decisions regarding appropriate methods for preservation, repair and display.

Illustrated Children’s Books: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)

Illustrated Children’s Books: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)

November 16, 2017

Our stories:

Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) broke late 19th century conventions of children’s book illustration by interpreting stories rather than decorating them, peopling them with cheeky caricatures involved in chaotic escapades.

Digital Panopticon: Tracing London convicts in Britain and Australia, 1780-1925

Digital Panopticon: Tracing London convicts in Britain and Australia, 1780-1925

November 16, 2017

Family matters:

Exiting news for those of us who have an interest in researching British convicts transported to Australia. The free website, Digital Panopticon, launched recently in the UK, allows searches of… Read More ›

Warner Music Australia, 2015

New Listening : Spring into Summer with music

November 14, 2017

Arts, Music:

Spring into Summer with some great new arrivals in pop, rock, jazz, classical, musical theatre, film soundtracks and opera featuring the following. Dream Lover : the Bobby Darin musical : Australian Cast Recording… Read More ›

View of the north shore, Port Melbourne by WFE Liardet

Uncover a piece of history

November 10, 2017

News:

Imagine tall ships, schooners and yachts crowding the shimmering waters of Hobsons Bay for a grand regatta. Gleaming white sails unfurl and colourful flags fly in the seabreeze. This spirit of joy and the confidence of a young city are captured in an exquisite watercolour of early Melbourne, not seen publicly since it was painted in 1862.